Former U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the FBI returned the 3 passports that the national bureau seized during its raid of his Mar-a-Lago resort.
“The DOJ and FBI conscionable returned my passports. Thank you!” Trump posted connected Truth Social.
“Unfortunately, erstwhile they Raided my home, Mar-a-Lago, 8 days ago, they conscionable opened their arms and grabbed everything successful sight, overmuch arsenic a communal transgression would do. This shouldn’t hap successful America!” helium continued.
The FBI “stole” 3 of Trump’s passports during the Aug. 8 raid connected his resort, the former president said connected Truth Social connected Monday. Trump said the seizure was “an battle connected a governmental hostile astatine a level ne'er seen earlier successful our Country.”
Earlier connected Monday, Trump spokesperson Taylor Budowich posted an email authored by DOJ nationalist information authoritative Jay Bratt, which shows Bratt to beryllium confirming the possession of the passports and arranging their instrumentality to Trump’s team.
Jim Burling, an enforcement astatine a non-profit nationalist involvement instrumentality firm, said the FBI wouldn’t person inadvertently taken the erstwhile president’s passport.
“The FBI is excessively careful. If they took it, they knew what they were doing. I would springiness them recognition for knowing what they’re doing, I would hope,” Burling told The Epoch Times successful an interview.
“Passports are mostly taken if idiosyncratic is considered to beryllium a formation risk,” Burling said.
“We’re not dealing with an mean citizen. We’re dealing with a erstwhile president. I mean, bash radical earnestly deliberation he’s going to effort to spell to Lebanon truthful helium couldn’t beryllium extradited? Just to accidental that is to admit the absurdity of it.”
Search and Seizure Procedures
The FBI maintains that it follows court-authorized procedures.
“In executing hunt warrants, the FBI follows hunt and seizure procedures ordered by courts, past returns items that bash not request to beryllium retained for instrumentality enforcement purposes,” the FBI told The Epoch Times in an email.
The hunt warrant, unsealed by magistrate justice Bruce Reinhart connected Friday, authorized the hunt successful locations including “the ‘45 Office,’ each retention rooms, and each different rooms oregon areas wrong the premises utilized oregon disposable to beryllium utilized by [the erstwhile president] and his unit and successful which boxes oregon documents could beryllium stored, including each structures oregon buildings connected the estate.”
The warrant authorized the seizure of “all carnal documents and records constituting evidence, contraband, fruits of crime, oregon different items illegally possessed” that interruption the U.S. Code.
The passports were among a swath of different items that national agents took from Trump’s Florida resort, including 26 boxes of unidentified material, “Various classified/TS/SCI documents,” binders of photos, and different classified material.
Trump said connected Sunday that the FBI besides took documents that were protected by attorney-client worldly privilege oregon enforcement privilege.